BOISE -- An Idaho family hopes this new year will bring new laws when it comes to what they call a miracle medicine.

It's part of a new push to legalize marijuana in order to treat certain health conditions.

Six-year-old Scout Bunderson has been suffering through seizures since he was just 10 months old.

He's been through several surgeries and many types of medication, but his mother Holli believes there was another, better option all along -- medicinal marijuana.

Scout has been struggling with a brain disorder called cortical dysplasia since he was born. It causes seizures, as many as 20 a day, and two years ago, he was also diagnosed with autism.

"He is the strongest person that I know, he's been through so much in his short little life but bounces back, jumps back up," said Bunderson.

Holli says on good days, her son is happy, loves riding his bike, and learning.

But, the seizures got so bad, that they had to have a major surgery earlier this year that they feared would change him.

"It's painful seeing your son going in to the operating room and knowing he'll come out a different kid, he'll be missing part of his brain, what does that mean for his personality, what does it mean for his learning," she said.

Holli says the seizures have gotten better, but she feels cannabis oil could have done more, sooner.

"After we've gone through so medications with him with horrible side effects, mostly rage, violence, turning him into a boy we just don't know and we know he's not," she said.

She says other children in other states with his condition have found success from the oil.

Now, she' helping a group called New Approach Idaho as they push for the legalization of medical marijuana.

In a letter sent by Gov. Butch Otter in March of 2014, he says there is "no broadly accepted medical value" for medical marijuana. It goes on to say that "the drawbacks outweigh any potential benefit users might experience."

But Bunderson says she wants lawmakers to see just how many people could benefit from the decision.

"I would love for them to meet Scout and say this is the face of cannabis, this is what we need to fight for," she said.

She believes whether it makes her son better or not, it's an option they should be allowed to try, and one she believes can save lives.

"I would do it today, I would have done it years ago and I think with better results," said Bunderson.

Holli says they have thought about moving to a state where cannabis oil is legal, but their family ranch is in southeastern Idaho and they have a strong community of friends and family there.

They are also members of the LDS church, but believe using the oil does not go against their faith.

Former state Rep. Tom Trail introduced legislation to legalize medical marijuana in previous sessions without success.

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